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Poverty Dynamics: Measurement and Understanding from an Interdisciplinary Perspective

23 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2008  

Tony Addison

United Nations University

David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)

Ravi Kanbur

Cornell University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: January 22, 2008

Abstract

This paper introduces a significant new multi-disciplinary collection of studies of poverty dynamics, presenting the reader with the latest thinking by a group of researchers who are leaders in their respective disciplines. It argues that there are three main fronts on which progress must be made if we are to dramatically deepen the understanding of why poverty occurs, and significantly improve the effectiveness of poverty reduction policies. First, poverty research needs to focus on poverty dynamics - over the life-course, across generations and between different social groups. Second, there is a need to move efforts to measure poverty dynamics beyond mere income and consumption to more multidimensional concepts and measures of poverty. This is increasingly common in static analyses but is rare in work on poverty dynamics. Third, at the same time there is a growing consensus that a thorough understanding of poverty and poverty reduction requires bridging the gap between disciplines through interdisciplinary approaches that combine qualitative and quantitative methods in measurement and analysis.

Suggested Citation

Addison, Tony and Hulme, David and Kanbur, Ravi, Poverty Dynamics: Measurement and Understanding from an Interdisciplinary Perspective (January 22, 2008). Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1246882 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1246882

Tony Addison (Contact Author)

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David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) ( email )

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Ravi Kanbur

Cornell University ( email )

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